Carter Moore

DACA Goes To Court: Through The Eyes Of A DREAMer

Nov 14, 2019
Utah Statesman

Alfonso Reyna Rivarola has been paying for your social security, and he wants to keep it up. 

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The sound of a Utah juniper tree turning into woodchips is deafening. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is currently removing junipers and pinyon pines at 45 sites in the state using a "bullhog." The division said the treatment will allow more grasses, forbs and sagebrush to take over, thus helping wildlife.

It’s not an impressive place. Peter Sinks is a small depression in the Bear River mountain range of northern Utah, just a few miles away from Beaver Mountain Ski Resort. The tiny valley is ringed by aspen trees and conifers, and it doesn’t look or feel that different than the surrounding mountains. Until you get to the bottom. 

A gate blocks entry to the Upper Canal towpath between North Logan and Hyde Park.
Courtesy: Cache County

Advocates for active transportation say more urban trails are one of the best solutions to air quality and transportation issues. And soon, local governments may have another, bigger tool to create such trails.  

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources


The Henry mountains near Capitol Reef National Park are said to be the last mapped place of the continental United States. But today, the Henrys are on the map — for the huge bucks that call the secluded mountains home.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Bighorn sheep don’t sound good coughing. And biologists warn it’s the sign of sheeps’ number one killer - pneumonia.

Utah Cattlemen's Association


“The big get bigger, and the small go out.” That’s what United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue told farmers in Wisconsin last week at the World Dairy Expo. Advocates for family farms are denouncing the claims, saying small farms are as important and innovative as ever. 

A skating rink in the winter, a performance stage in the summer, and more downtown housing. It’s all part of the Center Block plan presented to Cache Valley citizens Wednesday. 


The Bureau of Land Management was planning to tear out and wood chip more than 30,000 acres of trees near Kanab, but its plan was overruled by the Interior Board of Land Appeals last week.

Matt Jensen

When Bob Hardy left work at Revolve Recycling in Logan last Tuesday, everything felt normal. It wasn’t until he got a call from a coworker that he learned his job would not exist by Friday. 

For The Love Of Football: Why Do Public Institutions Still Play BYU In Football?

Aug 28, 2019
BYU Campus in Provo, Utah

A half century after Lloyd Eaton coached the Wyoming Cowboys football team, he isn’t remembered for his gridiron prowess or ability to win. 

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The family of five-year-old Lizzy Shelley is breathing a little easier, as her murderer pleaded guilty to all serious charges facing him.


Alexander Whipple entered a guilty plea Tuesday, admitting to killing and sexually assaulting his five year old niece, Lizzy Shelley. In May, Whipple was arrested and charged after a five day search for the girl.

Ray Bloxham / Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

In between the San Rafael Swell and Capitol Reef National Park, Factory Butte rises out of the desert like an impossible pyramid of shale in a sandstone sea. Clearly visible from U.S. Highway 24, the butte is often the muse of photographers and day tourists captivated by its grandeur and moon-like hills surrounding it. 

A dry winter and one of the warmest springs on record has experts worried about the potential of wildfires on Utah’s West Desert. The Bureau of Land Management is issuing restrictions on BLM lands in Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Rich and Box Elder Counties.

William Perry Pendley was announced as the acting director of much of the country’s federal lands Monday. The thing is, Pendley thinks the government shouldn’t even own those lands. 

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Protestors on tour took over one street corner in Logan Monday, but were not advocating for what one may expect.

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Last week, when eight companies were chosen to grow medical cannabis in Utah, 73 applicants were left without. One grower already filed a lawsuit, and according to one industry leader, more will probably go to court soon.

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The sweeping views and alien-like rock formations of Utah’s national parks draw more visitors to the state every year, but without fixing crumbling roads and bridges, park advocates say, they won’t be able to support the tourists much longer.  

Box Elder County

Northern Utahns woke up Monday to the familiar summer sight of smoke plumes over the mountains, as a new wildfire consumes land northwest of Tremonton. For Kevin Anderson, it was personal.

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security

Flying thousands of feet above the southern border, eight white blimps, each 200-feet long, scan the vast expanses of desert and open water, looking for any and all activity approaching the United States. 

Gail Patricelli


For Gail Patricelli, when a female sage-grouse dies, it’s arts and crafts time. She collects the corpses and taxidermies them to the top of a robotic tank kit. She then drives the sage grouse around the breeding grounds - known as leks - to try and understand the threatened birds. 

Carter Moore / Utah Public Radio

 219 million dollars. That’s the price, according to the National Park Service, that it would cost to address the maintenance issues that have been deferred in Utah’s 14 parks, monuments and historical sites. Thanks to a bill introduced by US congressman from Utah Rob Bishop though, these projects may finally get funded. 


If everything continues as planned, more than 30 communities in Utah will be at least partly nuclear powered by 2027. The Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, or UAMPS, a cooperative of municipal energy leaders, has contracted to be the first in the world to try out a Modular Nuclear Reactor. That's a small nuclear reactor that is, in theory, safer and more efficient than the traditional reactor. For Utah’s environmentalists, however, this project brings more problems than solutions. 

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Nestled on a hill below Utah State University sits a quarter acre farm of over 100 seasonal crops cultivated and harvested by the Utah Conservation Corps and their volunteers. These plants, however, are not being shipped to grocery stores or even sold at farmers markets. 

Aspen tree grove with wildfire of orange flames and dark smoke.
US Forest Service

In August 2013, the Millville Fire consumed over 3,000 acres of state, private and federal land in Cache County, Utah. It was the last big fire in the area, and foresters and legislators hope it stays that way.

During a camping trip with his Boy Scout group, a young boy was injured in Hobble Creek Canyon Tuesday morning after a black bear wandered into his campsite, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.